Music: Tony Cox’s International Guitar Night

By philip
4 July 2013

Outrageously talented UK guitarist and singer, Jon Gomm will appear in Tony Cox’s International Guitar Night winter series at the Baxter Concert Hall, on 8-13 July 2013.

Adding to the mind-blistering dimension of these shows is the incredible, funk, slapping, tapping, groove machine Preston Reed from the USA. Described as a ‘tour de force’ by Billboard magazine, Reed adds to an illustrious line-up for the 6th IGNSA. The shows guarantee to slake the thirst of any guitar loving fan, whatever the preferred genre, be they eight or eighty years old.

Circling the globe annually, performing in the finest venues and acoustic guitar-based events, Gomm and Reed are luminaries in the acoustic guitar world, each having garnered a massive following.

Jon Gomm, based in Leeds is an acoustic singer-songwriter with a revolutionary virtuoso guitar style. He uses the acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and twisting melodies all at the same time. His live shows combine deeply personal performances, has a natural wit and a once-seen-never-forgotten two-handed guitar style, that  produces sounds people can barely believe are coming from a humble acoustic guitar.

Preston Reed is a one-man revolution. The 58 year-old New Yorker tweaks the nose of musical convention, pokes the eye of accepted wisdom, and burns the rulebook of the past. His unique style is impossible, unfathomable, unthinkable, as with blurred hands he taps, tickles, slaps and soothes his instrument, fusing polyrhythmic percussion with emotive melody to create a sonic landscape. It is said that ‘your brain fizzes as it computes the musical madness being relayed by your ears’.


Baxter Concert Hall, Cape Town


Mon to Wed 8/9/10 July 2013 @ 20h00 – Jon Gomm, Tony Cox, Dave Baudains and Thurs to Sat 11/12/13 July 2013 @ 20h00 – Preston Reed, Tony Cox, Guy Buttery


R165 at both venues. There is a R30 discount if you book for both concerts at the same time. These tickets cost R300 per person. This discount does not apply to already discounted tickets of R120 for students, senior citizens and block bookings of 10 or more.

Book through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets or the Baxter 021 685 7880.

R5 will be donated from each ticket sold to the Kronendal Music Academy who provide music education to the Hout Bay’s under-privileged and economically challenged communities.